Joshua Tree- Southern California has some of the most diverse geography on earth and offers locals and visitors tons of options for any adventure you seek. Joshua Tree National Park, nearly 800,000 acres of scenic beauty has been an early stomping ground for many rock climbers and hikers for over 5,000 years. These rock formations and crags are as famous for their quality as for the legends that have climbed them. Great weather and stunning vistas year-around attract local resident and visitors from afar to the world-class climbing and bouldering found at Joshua Tree.
The Hidden Valley Campground is a climber’s favorite, with hundreds of routes just steps away from the sites. The Wonderland of Rocks area contains on weathered domes, exposed faces and bizarre formations. Real Hidden Valley features punishing classics like “Fisticuffs” and “Run for your Life”.
Always be safe when climbing. Check your safety gear and bring plenty of water. It is easy to become dehydrated in arid desert environments. If you are going to be hiking or biking, make sure to bring two gallons of water per person. Lastly and most importantly, respect the rock! Do not vandalize these amazing formations and pick up any trash you find around the campgrounds and trails. Joshua Tree and all its patrons thanks you for your support.
History of Joshua Tree
Named for the interesting, twisted trees that reminded Mormon settlers of a Biblical story, Joshua Tree National park sits 140 miles east of Los Angeles and became a national monument in 1936. The park protects 501 archaeological sites, 88 historic structures, 19 cultural landscapes and houses 123,253 items in its museum collections. Back in the 1800’s cattlemen drove their cows into the area for the ample grass available at the time and built water impoundments for them. Miners dug tunnels through the earth looking for gold and made tracks across the desert with their trucks. Homesteaders began filing claims in the 1900’s and built cabins, dug wells, and planted crops. Each group left its mark upon the land and contributed to the rich cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.
Popular Routes and Boulders
- White Rastafarian: V3, Boulder, 20 feet : Outback Bouldering: White Rastafarian Boulder
- Gunsmoke: V3, Boulder, 80 feet : Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
- Right On: 5.5, Trad, 4 pitches, 350 feet : Saddle Rocks – Skirt : Saddle Rocks
- SW Corner: 5.6, Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet : Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
- Mental Physics: 5.7+, Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet: Wonderland of Rocks : Lenticular Dome
- Double Cross: 5.7+, Trad, 1 pitch, 95 feet : The Old Woman : The Old Woman – West Face
- Sail Away: 5.8- ,Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet : Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower
- Dappled Mare: 5.8, Trad, 4 pitches, 300 feet : Lost Horse Wall : Lost Horse Wall
- Walk on the Wild Side: 5.8, Trad, 3 pitches, 250 feet : Saddle Rocks – Skirt : Saddle Rocks
- Pope’s Crack : 5.9 ,Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet : Echo Rock : Echo Rock – South Face
- Touch and Go: 5.9, Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet : Echo Rock Area : Touch and Go Face
- Bird of Fire: 5.10a , Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet : Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky
- Illusion Dweller: 5.10b, Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet : The Sentinel : The Sentinel – West Face
- Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back): 5.10b, Trad, 3 pitches, 250 feet North Astro Dome
- Clean and Jerk: 5.10c, Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet : Sports Challenge Rock
- O’Kelley’s Crack: 5.10c, Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet : Echo Rock Area : Rusty Wall
- Rubicon : 5.10c, Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet : Split Rocks : Rubicon Formation
- Coarse and Buggy: 5.11a/b, Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet Roadside Rocks : Dihedral Rock
- Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver): 5.12a, Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet Sports Challenge Rock
- Equinox: 5.12c: Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet Jerry’s Quarry
- Joshua Tree Interactive Map
- National Park Service: Joshua Tree
- Climbing Closures
- Mountain Project: Joshua Tree